telephone company film about history;
historical recreation (1877) of the use of one of the earliest telephones in an Eastern town.
1885 - Long Distance Begins -- Maps with blinking lights show how cities across the countries became hooked into the telephone network.
introduction of a variety of telephone equipment -- loaded coils, vacuum tubes used as amplifiers or repeaters;
many varieties of vacuum tubes shown;
1915 -- The continent spanned with first transcontinental call; historic telephone calls across the continent and overseas between U.S. and foreign presidents noted;
globes shown with tracings of various telephone networks indicated;
shots: domestic servant in maid's outfit; answers phone,
Great shot of a repeater station where telephone vacuums are stored. There's a V-shaped wipe to telephone polls. The telephone polls are in the middle of the V, and we see the sides of the repeater station to the sides of it.
Beautiful black and white graphics over an old globe. The globe spins, and white lightning-shaped lines come out of the U.S. and extend east. "1935" comes over the globe at the end of the clip. Early virtual landscape.
Subject: Early Telephony Breakthroughs
I noticed that even though it was 1935 and that was a long long distance call, nobody was screaming into the receiver - like we used to - 20 years later.
Subject: From Down the Street to Around the World
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.
Subject: Well done
It covers a lot of information of the early years of the telephone in an entertaining way.
Subject: Look how far we;ve come!